Elijah Louis GOSSOM Edward L GOSSOM Billie Shaw GOSSOM Lawrence A POWELL W T CHAMPION Julius Eugene PETTY Walter GOSSOM Lula Mae GRIFFITH Mini tree diagram

Stella GOSSOM1,2,3,5,4,2

20th Aug 19201,2,3,4 - 3rd Oct 20112,4

Life History

20th Aug 1920

Born in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4

26th Feb 1936

Married Lawrence A POWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

12th May 1944

Death of Lawrence A POWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6

12th Sep 1946

Married W T CHAMPION in Saline County, Arkansas.3

12th Sep 1946

Married Julius Eugene PETTY in Saline County, Arkansas.3

21st Dec 1956

Death of Julius Eugene PETTY.2,2

before Feb 2005

Death of W T CHAMPION.2

3rd Oct 2011

Died in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.2,4

after 3rd Oct 2011

Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Stuttgart, Arkansas County, Arkansas.2


  • 1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 9 April, LaGrueTownship, DeWitt Town, District 16, Page 11A, Hse #239, Fam #256
    Gossom, Louie Head Owns M W 45 First married as age 27 AR ME KYMillwright, Saw Mill
    Gossom, Lula Wife F W 26 First married at age 17 IL IL IL
    Gossom, Stella Dau F W 9 AR AR IL

    Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    Lawrence A Powell
    Arkansas County
    Spouse Stella Gossom
    License Date 26 Feb 1936
    Certificate #00264

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Stella Powell
    Age 26, Birth Year abt 1920
    Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name J E Petty
    Spouse's Gender Male
    Spouse's Age 35
    Spouse's Residence England, Lonoke, Arkansas
    Marriage 12 Sep 1946 Saline County
    Marriage License Date 12 Sep 1946

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Stella Champion
    Born 20 Aug 1920
    Died 3 Oct 2011
    SSN issued Arkansas (Before 1951)

    Stella Petty Gossom Champion
    Birth Aug. 20, 1920
    Death Oct. 3, 2011, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA

    Stella Gossom Petty Champion was born in DeWitt, AR., 91 years ago,the daughter of E.L. and Lula Gossom.

    Stella Gossom Petty Champion passed away on Monday, October 3, 2011,at Arkansas Home Care in Little Rock.

    Adventurous, opinionated and well-traveled are a few words to describeStella Champion. She loved the outdoors and hunting and trapshooting.

    Champion, who was married to Hall of Fame inductee Julius Petty whenhe recognized that she could shoot pretty good and entered her intrapshooting competitions. In 1948 she had the highest score ever madeby a woman in the Grand American Handicap event. In 1951 she topped243 other men and women to win the handicap preliminary event of theGrand American Trapshoot. In December of 1949 she was featured in anarticle titled "Life Goes Hunting in Stuttgart, Arkansas" in LIFEmagazine.

    She owned and operated a beauty shop, but you might go in and shewould be in New York seeing a Broadway show. She loved to travel.

    After marriage to Dr. W.T. Champion, they would travel to "met thefirst snow" anywhere. But dancing was her all-time favorite and shedid some competition ballroom dancing in the 1980s.

    To relax, she loved to paint pictures of animals on rocks. Hergranddaughter, Joy Lovett, always said she was a special,one-of-a-kind grandmother.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Julius Petty andDr. W.T. Champion; a son, Larry Powell; two brothers; and one sister.

    Survivors include a daughter, Lois Lovett of Little Rock; fourgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and onegreat-great-grandchild.

    Arrangments were by Turpin Funeral Home with a graveside service atLone Tree Cemetery chapel.

    Spouse Julius Eugene Petty (1911 - 1956)

    Burial Lone Tree Cemetery, Stuttgart, Arkansas County, Arkansas

    Created by Sandra Oct 15, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #78479399,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=78479399


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